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Ex-California state GOP chief Tom Del Beccaro launches Senate bid

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Former California state Republican chairman Tom Del Beccaro announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Sunday, ensuring a divided GOP field in next year's contest to succeed Democrat Barbara Boxer.

Del Beccaro, 53, is a Contra Costa County lawyer who specializes in the breakups of business partnerships.

He led the state party from 2011 to 2013...Read more

Campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris strikingly similar

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It is one of the oddities of this campaign season: In races for two of the most sought-after political offices in the country, two Democratic women are running virtually unchallenged, their tasks boosted and complicated by the veneer of inevitability.

Nationally, of course, there is Hillary Rodham Clinton, opening her second try for the party's...Read more

White House correspondents dinner: Obama takes jabs at Republicans

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WASHINGTON -- The final years of the Obama administration provided the backdrop for laughs at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, with the president flashing a little anger and poking fun at Republicans, and entertainer Cecily Strong taking some pointed jabs at the commander in chief.

" 'Saturday Night Live' got ...Read more

VIDEO: Obama ribs those jockeying to succeed him at White House correspondents' dinner

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama took aim the emerging 2016 presidential field at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday even as he joked about his own waning time in office.

The president often gets good laughs at the annual event that brings together politicians, journalists, and celebrities, and this year he sent ...Read more

The campaign of Hillary and Mrs. Clinton

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Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is all about showing voters who she really is.

The challenge is that there is more than one distinct identity bound up in Hillary Clinton.

There's Hillary, the proud new grandmother. She suggests road-tripping to Iowa instead of flying. She stops for lunch at Chipotle. She spends hours asking the people ...Read more

At this cafe, customers come for the strong Cuban coffee and opinions

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MIAMI -- Even before the sun poked through the skyline, the espresso machine at the landmark Versailles coffee shop in Little Havana whirred with activity.

Sleepy-eyed men waited patiently around the takeout window, or la ventanita, for tiny cups of Cuban coffee that are poured slowly and with care by women in forest green uniforms on the other...Read more

Ex-congressman's former chief of staff accused of setting up ringer candidate

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MIAMI--Federal prosecutors on Friday accused former Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia's ex-chief of staff of secretly financing a ringer tea-party candidate in 2010 to draw votes away from a Republican rival -- an illegal scheme that inspired a more serious copycat case two years later.

Jeffrey Garcia was charged with conspiracy to give a campaign ...Read more

Analysis: Lynch's biggest challenge as Holder successor is ticking clock

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WASHINGTON -- When Loretta Lynch is sworn in next week, one challenge will loom larger than the rest: a ticking clock.

As the new U.S. attorney general, who will combat corporate crime and prosecute terrorists, she will have just 21 months to leave her imprint on the Justice Department before her boss, President Barack Obama, steps down.

"She ...Read more

Parents of Michael Brown file lawsuit against Ferguson, police chief and Darren Wilson

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The parents of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was killed by police last summer, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Thursday against the city of Ferguson, Mo., former Police Chief Thomas Jackson and former Officer Darren Wilson.

The Brown family's attorney, Anthony Gray, promised the case "will highlight the facts that nobody has seen, ...Read more

Deaths of 2 Western hostages won't end US drone strikes

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WASHINGTON -- A fiery barrage of missiles from CIA drones inadvertently killed two Western hostages, including an American, during an attack on a suspected al-Qaida hideout in northwestern Pakistan, but U.S. officials said Thursday that they won't stop using drones to target and kill terrorists.

The January deaths of Warren Weinstein, a rural ...Read more

Sen. Ted Cruz introduces bills to stop gay marriage

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WASHINGTON -- Days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, Sen. Ted Cruz has filed two bills to protect states that bar gay couples from marrying.

Cruz's legislation would establish a constitutional amendment shielding states that define marriage as between one woman and one man from legal action, according to bill ...Read more

Senate finally passes human trafficking bill

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate finally came together Wednesday in rare unanimous support of an anti-human trafficking bill and agreed to a compromise on an abortion provision that had divided the parties, delaying the bill for weeks.

The 99-0 vote on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act came after Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, and ...Read more

War rages on in Yemen despite Saudis' vow to ease airstrikes

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SANAA, Yemen -- A scaling-back of the Saudi Arabia-led air war brought some relief Wednesday to residents of Yemen's capital, but intensive bombardment continued in the city of Taizz, and street fighting raged in the port of Aden, the country's commercial center.

The warring parties in Yemen -- Shiite Muslim insurgents known as Houthis, ...Read more

Obama in Everglades: Threats from climate change 'can't be edited out' of conversation

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MIAMI -- With a sawgrass prairie at his back and spring rain clouds darkening the sky, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cast the beleaguered Everglades as the poster child for climate change.

Obama called for quick and aggressive action in a speech that pivoted between touting the administration's efforts so far and calling out Republicans ...Read more

Ghost of NAFTA haunts proposed Pacific Rim trade deal

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WASHINGTON -- As lawmakers gear up for a rancorous debate on a bill that would help President Obama secure a Pacific Rim trade deal, congressional Democrats and their allies are making the case that such an agreement would be disastrous for American jobs and wages.

For many, Exhibit No. 1 is the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Perhaps ...Read more

White House confirms it won't call Armenian expulsion 'genocide'

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WASHINGTON -- White House officials on Tuesday told representatives of Armenian advocacy groups that the Obama administration once again will avoid the word "genocide" to describe the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Armenians when they were forcibly deported from what is now Turkey during World War I.

Denis McDonough, the White House chief ...Read more

Obama calls Democratic foes of trade deal wrong and misleading

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said his fellow Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have been wrong and misleading in their criticism of the trade deals he is negotiating with Asian and European countries.

In some of his most blunt comments criticizing his own party on trade, Obama accused some Democrats of playing politics, a line...Read more

Lynch vote could be near as Senate looks for compromise on abortion provision

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WASHINGTON -- More than six months after her nomination to become U.S. attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch may finally get a confirmation vote this week in the Senate.

The choice of Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to replace Attorney General Eric Holder has become a political casualty of a Senate ...Read more

US trying to restrain Saudi Arabia on deadly Yemen airstrikes

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WASHINGTON -- Top Obama administration officials have failed for several days to persuade Saudi Arabia's government to limit the scope of its airstrikes on cities and towns in Yemen, a campaign that authorities said killed nearly 50 people Monday in Sanaa, the capital.

The U.S. effort to restrain the Saudi attacks came as the Pentagon moved the...Read more

Obama administration signals possible compromise in Iran nuclear talks

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WASHINGTON -- Signaling a potential key compromise in negotiations with Iran, the White House said Monday that it might be willing to start providing sanctions relief as soon as Tehran begins putting in place new curbs on its nuclear program.

The Obama administration and Iran have been at odds over how quickly sanctions will begin to be lifted ...Read more